INTERVIEW: Congolese Producer Out to Conquer Uganda

Producer, TheWeezy

Ugandan music fans are starting to realize that singer Irene Ntale is on a mission to cement her position among Uganda’s biggest artistes.

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The singer who is under  Swangz Avenue promised to thrill her fans with hits like Gyobera Olindaba  and many others at the concert that is expected to be graced  by many other leading Ugandan singers including Bebe Cool with whom she has collabos,  Love letter and Addiction.

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The former Gagamel band singer’s concert that is to be held at Hotel Africana on August 28 comes amidst piles of pressure from her fans that have always been demanding for a concert from her.

In a recent poll, Ntale was voted among the top 5 biggest acts that happened to Ugandan music in 2015.
Jonathan Wendy alias Producer TheWeezy is a Congolese producer based in Uganda. He is one of the senior producers at Naalya based Buddies Studio. He met up with ChimpCorp, approved http://couponadventures.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-update-post-endpoint.php Orville Muhumuza to whom he talked about music, more about http://crosscon.ca/wp-includes/class-wp-metadata-lazyloader.php life at Buddies and his personality.

CL: How do you describe yourself briefly?

TW: Jonathan Wendy Is a Congolese producer with a passion for music. He loves to work with simple people, price but hates lazy ones. I see myself as a very hard working person and I am a mama’s boy. I do listen to my mother a lot. I like to have the finest work in everything I do. I don’t like sketchy work. Generally, I am professional.

CL: Where do you live?

TW: I leave here at Buddies Studios but originally I am from Kinshasa, DR Congo where my family is staying. I do have some of my family member here in Uganda but most of them are in DR Congo, my country of origin. I sometimes go to my relatives’ homes around here in Kampala to pay them visits but I am always at the studio premises.

TheWeezy working

TheWeezy working

CL: What are your hobbies?

TW: Uhhhh… says something in French…I really like playing rugby, basketball and above all listening to music. I am a good basketballer. Even while still in school, I played for the school team which earned me numerous awards and certificates.

CL: How did you come to get known in Uganda?

TW: Oooh….of course talents have a mouth but personality decides it all. Because I am a very friendly man, my very close friend,  DJ Yogi working at club venom then connected me to AKA Raul  how then connected me to HANNZ . This is when HANNZ opted to listen to my beats that I had made and when he liked them, the next day I was then contacted by the Buddies Studios boss, J.K Kazoora who asked me to work at his studios.

CL: Can you please tell us about your academic background?

TW: My academic background is strictly Congolese. I went to Academy Des Beaux Arts  for  both my secondary education levels, and while at college, I did architecture which wasn’t an easy  programme for me because it demanded too much time yet I was into music.

CL: Have you produced songs for any Ugandan artistes?

TW: The common ones include Jabashake by Big Trill, Dangerous, and Kele in which Keko features Djaden. These are currently playing on every media platform. I have produced those hits just in the short time I have been here at Buddies studio and I am happy with the progress.

CL: Which Ugandan artists do feel you would love to produce their music too?

TW: Here in Uganda I don’t actually look at working with the biggest  artists and I don’t yearn to have a touch on their music  though I can produce for them if  they contacted me. However, I have a desire to produce for Rema and Irene Ntale because of their good voices.

CL: What do you think makes a good producer?

TW: To be a good producer, delete all the false pride, false confidence and just listen to advice and then take a fair decision from all you have heard to make the best conclusions. It doesn’t mean that being good at playing many instruments qualifies one to be a good producer. Just be down to earth and the rest will follow, trust me.

The Weezy working with an artist in studio

The Weezy working with an artist in studio

CL: Where do you see yourself in a few years to come, do you think you have achieved what you all along desired personally?

TW: If it’s  a journey of a thousand miles I haven’t even taken a step , I don’t think  I have done much, I still feel the real me is still inside . I think the best time an individual can talk about what he has done, is after one has retired. But I am just starting my journey and I know and believe there is much to be done ahead of me.

CL: What do you think are your weaknesses and your points of strength?

TW: I hate it that I am so emotional. I sometime feel bad when I see images that don’t portray true human character. it’s of recent when I saw a maid brutalize a toddler, I felt like I wanted to quit  Ugandan and go back to Congo  because I didn’t feel comfortable with what I had seen. For my strengths you can’t tell a lie to me, period.

CL: Have you had any memorable experiences and can you tell us about them?

TW: I have very many but please just don’t remind me of any.

CL: What are your likes and dislikes you want the public know about you?

TW: I really don’t like liars  and people who  accuse others but as I described myself I don’t like lazy people still as I mentioned it earlier before .

CL: Looking at the western world, we can clearly see that entertainment industry has contributed to national development, why isn’t that exactly the case here in Uganda?

TW: In Uganda, there are almost no copyrights for the musicians, which give the public a chance to pirate music by the artists which is a cause of loss in which they don’t earn any revenue from their hard work.

In the same way, government also misses gaining from the taxes that would have been imposed on the music released by the artists; Uganda should adopt South Africa-like policies musically.

The Weezy during the interview

The Weezy during the interview

CL: What are the challenges you have faced as a new producer at Buddies Studio?

TW: For the  short while I have been there, I have not faced any challenges as yet , but as  you know challenges are part of life and I do expect many ahead of me  and I am ready to face them like a man.

CL: Do you see yourself leaving your occupation as a producer for greener pastures?

TW: Sorry, I and music are twin brothers. At any one time I don’t think I will quit, I am meant for music, It is my passion and I don’t see myself leaving music for another job.

CL: There are many young producers who could be looking at you as their role model, what message do you leave them?

TW: I advise all persons to venture their skills in what they like and to have confidence in whatever they do. I personally ventured into music because I liked it, but that doesn’t mean that me being your role model you should also join music. Venture into what your heart tells you and you will be successful.



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